O'Loughlin back for World Club Challenge


18th February 2014

Wigan Warriors will welcome back captain Sean O'Loughlin for Saturday's World Club Challenge against Sydney Roosters at the Allianz Stadium.

The England loose forward missed the First Utility Super League champions' opening game of the season against Huddersfield Giants and also sat out the warm-up match against New Zealand Warriors in Hamilton last week after picking up a hamstring injury in training.

But on Tuesday  O'Loughlin was included in coach Shaun Wane's 19-man squad and will be hoping to complete a unique hat-trick. His last two appearances for his club were in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley last August and the Grand Final at Old Trafford in October, both of which the Warriors won.

England winger Josh Charnley is also included after missing the Huddersfield game due to a hernia operation

Wigan's only injury absentee is hooker or half-back Sam Powell, who sustained an ankle injury in training.

Wigan Warriors squad to face Sydney Roosters: J Bateman, M Bowen, J Burgess, J Charnley, T Clubb, D Crosby, G Dudson, L Farrell, B Flower, A Gelling, D Goulding, B Green, J Hughes, M McIlorum, S O'Loughlin (capt), E Pettybourne, D Sarginson, M Smith, S Taylor.